Saranac Hefeweizen | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac HefeweizenSaranac Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 197 | Ratings: 295
Photo of barknee
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold, with a fluffy head that diminishes to a slick. Ample nose of banana, yeast and to a far lesser degree clove. This is by far the most aromatically active brew produced by Saranac that I have sampled. Taste is slightly astringent with a light malt character. Finishes with a slightly ferric-metallic aftertaste. This brew is generally light and refreshing; a tame and immature version of the style, but nevertheless one of the better products from this house. Relatively true to the style, but not worth knocking yourself out to procure.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle from Beers of Summer 12-pack sampler I picked up while on vacation in Georgia. Poured into pilsner glass.

Appearance: cloudy, soft tan and orange colored body with soft white head that recedes into thin cap. No sediment or floaties.

Smell: lighter than normal scents of bananas and cloves with cinnamon. Very clean and distinct smelling.

Taste: upfront muddled taste of unripe bananas, wheat bread, lemon zest and cloves. Flavors are too weak though.

Mouthfeel: fairly well balanced with nice carbonation. A bit on the thin and watery side. Looking for a bit more body.

Drinkability: with soft flavors and carbonation that's just right, this beer is easily consumed, especially on these hot summer days.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a an opaque tea with lemon color crowned by a 2 finger frothy head. The smell was of banana, banana peel and light spice. The taste was slightly sour and with wheat, banana bread and a hint of lemon making appearances as well. Malty, then dry at the end. Light and refreshing. This style has always been a mystery to me, but a good beer to drink on a warm afternoon.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't know why but I wasn't expecting much from this beer and was pleasantly surprised. Poured light straw with a bit of haze and a snow white head. Banana clove upfront much more prominent than some domestic hefes and a smooth, crisp mouthfeel. Some grain, spicy wheat and a hint of lemon make this really enjoyable. Wish I would of had this on a hot summer evening on the deck.

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Photo of BierManVA
2.89/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This bier claims to be an authentic German Hefe and goes into great detail on the label as to the different hops used, etc.

It falls a bit short in my book.

The initial appearance and head are good. A nice orangish and cloudy hefe. But the smell of banana and clove are just not present as should be in this style.

The taste is also a let down. I taste mostly hops here and little wheat. Mouthfeel is bitter and not as refreshing as I would expect. This ends up being more like a cloudy lager than a yeasty citrusy hefe.

Pass on this one if at the store.


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Photo of Wamesit
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy orange amber with a thick rocky white head that gives way to little lacing.

S - Sweet wheat malts with loads of banana and clove.

T - Banana and clove, all day. The flavors could be seen as too powerful to some fans of the style. However, wheat provides a strong enough presence throughout to keep this beer sweet and fruit-rich but still manageable. Slightly more bready malts in the finish.

M - Medium with just the right amount of carbonation.

O - A strong Hefe; a little sweet but I like mine more in that direction.

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Photo of ljbrisson
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow label with a painting of a rocking chair on a hill. Kudos to Matt Brewing for changing up the logos on their Saranac labels, even though they leave the bottlecap the same.

Pours an opaque yellow-gold into a weizen glass. Half inch of foamy head which reduces to a film and leaves a trace of lacing. The carb action, unfiltered opacity and beautiful color make this a sexy beer.

Aroma is banana, lemon, spices, banana, yeast, did I mention banana?

Mouthfeel is a little slick, with a light-medium body and medium carbonation. The chewy slickness reminded me of eating a slightly overripe banana. The carbonation enhances rather than distracts in this brew.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Very light, very summery, wheaty, a little nutty with banana and citrus characteristics.

Overall, although I am very new to this beer's style, I think this is a solid brew. I will definitely be revisiting this beer.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A – Pours a creamy three-finger head, cloudy yellow-orange body at the top, a crisp kristal yellow by the bottom.

S – Sweet malty, banana, little floral presence.

T – Fairly noticeable banana cream, little bit of malts and a slight bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

M – Surprisingly watery for the body; slightly carbonated with a light, watery finish.

D – Apparently, like many of Saranac’s seasonals, this is a solid but nevertheless middle-of-the-road rendition on a popular style. My major complaint is with the mouthfeel, the watery texture really detracts from its drinkability in my book. In the end, there’s not much that separates this from the rest of the pack.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a cloudy light amber with a fastly fading white head. Just a ring is left.

Slight banana smell while pouring but it does not last. Mostly a hay and grassy smell.

wheat, hay, grass. pretty sweet, honey. Nothing really from the hops maybe just a little spicey note. The yeast is slightly nutty and reminds me of wyeasts bavarian wheat.

meadium body with plenty of bubbles.

a nice summer drinkable hefe. Good representation of the style.

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Photo of beernbbq
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was impressed with the taste of this beer more than anything. It really came close to fitting the profile of the style. As with all Saranac beers, the body is a little on the light side, but the flavor was very good. It exhibited all the different aromas and tastes that you get from the better versions of this style, which, in my opinion, are the Germans. Good Show, Saranac!

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Photo of micmillon18
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle reads "Best before 9/30/11."

A - Pours a hazy orange-gold with a two finger head that subsides quickly. I really should have poured this into a weizen but I decided impromptu to review. Small amounts of lacing follow the beer down the glass.

S - Banana, clove and some wheaty scents. Not overly strong on the nose.

T - Delicious wheaty sweetness is accompanied by banana and clove flavors. A slight bit of lemon crawls into the back end. Very tasty.

M - Nice and crisp with a flavorful light-medium body.

O - American breweries try and try to replicate the wonderous German hefe, a difficult task that only a few can accomplish. I won't say that Saranac's version is up there with those legendary beers because its not. But for an American take, it gets the job done. Very tasty and enjoyable; this is a brew I could have throughout the year.

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Photo of Gruntlumber
2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not overly impressed with this. It looks and smells the part of a hefe, but not a very good representation of the style. Could more appropriately be labeled an American Wheat. Pours with a nice head and some swirling effects from the bottle sediment. Surprisingly flat. Accompanied by the typical hefe notes of banana/clove, however not very well balanced. An odd oily mouthfeel. Semi-refreshing but I'd rather be drinking something else.

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Photo of goldennectar
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into tulip glass.

A: Pours a nice head that quickly disappears. Nice hazy orange/yellow color

S First impression WOW. Very fragrant and fresh. Slight hint of citrus

T: Balanced & fresh Notes of citrus & spice. Lot's of flavor

M: Crisp balanced & smooth Light carbonation

O: Very drinkable. Very flavorful. Best beer of the 6 showcased in the Saranac Summer 12 pack

I wish it were available itself without having to buy the other 5 beers. The other five are all good, but not nearly as enjoyable as this Hefeweizen

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Photo of Delirium
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Engagable stark white head comes and goes leaving behind quite a sedimentry brew with lots of kind balenced flavor.
The alcohol in this beer says "hello I'm here" and overcomes the grainy tones which almost pull through. Nothing too unusual or particular about it except that it is well rounded and drinkable, unfortunately a lot lighter than many wheat beers.

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Photo of gestalt162
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle, again part of the summer 12 pack. tulip/hurricane style glass...

A: Cloudy, bubbly deep golden/orange hue, topped off by a (surprisingly large) 2 finger head that's slow to dissipate. Lots of little carbonated bubbles running up the sides of the glass. Lacing is almost non-existent, just a couple thick strands, and what there is of it slowly drools away into the bottom of the glass. Good looking enough, but for a hefe, not that impressive.

S: Banana bread, sweet wheat malt, and (another surprise) a musty, earthy grassiness. Interesting.

T: Hits you first with a classic banana/clove wheat malt flavor. Balanced by a touch of earthiness in the middle, not nearly as much as the aroma seemed to indicate, and a mild hop bitterness in the back. Ends with a clove-spiced wheat flavor. Pretty well balanced.

This brew seems weak on flavor, like they took a higher quality hefe and watered it down a little. As time goes on, it gets even thinner and more watery. Kind of depressing.

MF: Light, a little too light and thin, with no legs in your mouth. Impeccably smooth. Carbonation doesn't bite like I thought it would.

D: Light and drinkable, but suitable for summer armchair ammo only due to its thin and watery feel and taste.

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Photo of vicg12
4.14/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this is the Saranac Summer pack, might be the best one in there.

Appearance - Goldenish and cloudy some what

Smell - wheat

Taste - wheat and the best Hefeweizen I have evre had

Mouthfeel - on the light side, not watery with no shortage of flavor.

Drinkability - very high drinkability, very good. Try this!

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Photo of drugsbunny
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could be mistaken for a lager, not as cloudy as it could be, but I didn't care once I tasted it. A very nice interpretation of the German style. Taste is classic hefeweisen, with a bit more emphasis on the sweetness. Good choice while it is available.

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Photo of crzyd12
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Firm head with light lacing. Light golden color with streams of tiny little bubbles. Cloudy so you can't see through it but I would like to see more sediment. Hints of banana and creme. A good example of a wheat beer but it seems like it was filtered ever so slightly, if that is possible. Light mouthfeel with no crisp after taste or bite. Refreshing on an Indian summer night in MD, worth a second helping.

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Photo of mlasher1
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw color pour with a single finger head which leaves no lacing. Very clear for a hefe.

S: Traditional smells of bananas and cloves dominate. No hop aroma detected.

T: Sweet with banana flavors present.

M: Light and crisp with lille lingering taste.

D: Definately drinkable on a warm summer day, ok in other situations.

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Photo of KB24
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy golden color, with one finger, white fluffy head, no lacing.
S - Smells like banana bread.
T - Bananas, bread, and wheat flavor. A little hop taste at the end. Not complex but good flavors.
M - Light and a little grainy taste.
O - This is a good beer, the banana and bread malts might be a little bit overdone for some, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of wfuqua
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Cloudy, Orange, and Golden. Gorgeous.

Smell-I get a little banana and maybe some bubblegum.

Taste-I thought cloves and bananas were a weird combination, but that’s exactly what I taste and I like it.

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy.

Overall: I really like this beer. I haven’t had too many Hefeweizens and this is my favorite so far. I’m definitely looking forward to trying more. Hopefully Saranac will sell this in 6-packs because I’d buy it again.

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Photo of imullica
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle in Weihenstephan glass and tasted from slightly chilled to room temperature.

Appearance: Decent head with a decent lacing. Coloring is a bit too transparent without the classic, amazingly cloudy hefe look to catch the light.

Smell: Nothing mind blowing, very light scent.

Taste: Tastes of banana which grows stronger as the beer warms. Stays true to the classic hefe style.

Mouthfeel: Light on the mouth without overpowering you with flavor. Rather low traces of carbonation while sitting on the tongue so not to overshadow the flavor.

Drinkability. Subtler, lighter flavors with a smaller amount of carbonation allow for a higher drinkability (more so as the beer reaches ~20C).

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